Over the weekend Boomer Esiason started tweeting that the Rangers were on the verge of a trade that would send Ryan Callahan somewhere for a player in the Eastern Conference who played in the Olympics.
The player Esiason was referring to was Marty St. Louis.
Esiason said this morning on his radio show, “Well…listen, I found out something about four weeks ago that was definitely being floated out there and definitely true and that was that the Rangers were going to try and acquire Marty St. Louis for Ryan Callahan. The reason they were going to do that was because Callahan wasn’t coming off his contract demands and if I were Ryan Callahan I wouldn’t come off my contract demands either, in fact nobody appreciates, respects or likes or loves the fact that he is our captain more than, how many times times have I told you that. This has nothing to do with how I feel, but with what I feel, what I believe is going to happen and will happen which is a one for one swap between the two captains from both of these teams.”
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He added, “remember that Marty St. Louis, and I don’t know Marty St. Louis at all, I don’t know him, I don’t know his representatives, I don’t know any of those people involved but he has a home up here in Greenwich. He is 38 years old, is the leading goal scorer down there, has one more year left on his contract which I believe that Glen Sather would like to have on his ledger because he knows what he has to pay for a player of that stature and can then fit Dan Girardi back on the contract because I know they want to keep Girardi in the worst way. It’s hard to let go of a right defenseman who is as good as Dan is. As much as I would like to pay Ryan Callahan if there were no salary cap in the NHL, they would keep him but I think the reality for it is that they need to get something for him and why not get a bonafide goal scorer and somebody who may be at the end of his career but still has a lot left.”
Boomer continued, “I also believe that there is a conditional draft pick that comes along with it if Callahan stays in Tampa Bay. I believe. The only reason this deal wouldn’t go through is if somebody gets cold feet or if somebody lowers their contract demands or if some unforeseen deal. Now, one of the reasons I sent out those clues over the weekend is because there is a lot to discuss about it. There is a lot of passion that is associated with who Ryan Callahan is and what he means to the Rangers fan base. The passion that Marty St. Louis has with the TBL and what he means for those franchises and what it means for franchise flexibility with free agency next year.”
“I believe that it gets done and the only reason it doesn’t get done is if somebody gets cold feet.”
On the Larry Brooks report, Esiason said, “well he says that it’s not happening now. We will see. I don’t think anybody was trying to undercut what I was saying or mock me, it’s just that their sources haven’t indicated that and okay.